edcha##er

2nd January 2015 at 00:00
We bring you discussion, debate and issues from around the web and around the world by focusing on the most popular educational hashtags on Twitter

Few topics in education ignite such ferocious debate as exams. And so it proved when Daisy Christodoulou - educationalist, author and research and development director at Ark - wrote a piece for TES arguing that exams are forcing the profession to teach to the test (19 December).

On Twitter, where opinion was divided, some called for an overhaul of the system. @MikeHaines20 proclaimed: "The idea that improvements in test scores equate with increased achievement is often untrue. I think everybody in education knows this except ministers (and exam boards!)."

@digitaldaisies backed him, saying: "Maybe you could have more meaningful assessment, something like - well, coursework?"

Others, however, thought that tweaking how and when exams were set would have more favourable outcomes. @lennyvalentino said: "If the teaching should be more open then so should exam questions." @JulesDaulby added: "I think taking out high stakes until 1618 would be a start - will be teaching to test from age 4 now."

But perhaps the most controversial comment came from ed-tech advocate @crispinweston. "I don't think there's anything wrong with teaching to the test if it's a good test (too many aren't)," he said. Richard Vaughan

Keep up to date with the latest education

chat online by following @tes on Twitter

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now